By the time JOKER reached the screen, director Todd Phillips had rearranged the opening scenes and they were no longer in the same sequence as they were in his original screenplay. He also interestingly added an opening scene that is not in the screenplay at all.
Month: Apr 2020
This is the second in a series where I look at the opening sequences of Oscar nominated screenplays and point out some of the tools used by the writers, and highlight why they are considered to be exceptional. Oscar Wilde said; “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” and so when something works it works… and is worth …
We’ve all heard that the first ten pages of a script are crucial in terms of persuading the reader to keep reading. Each one of these screenplays achieve that in different ways, but they all have a very important point in common; they introduce us to the main character and they set up the world (and genre) in which that character lives. Each one also manages to introduce additional information that will be important going forward.